03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Frank Rich: The Great Tea Party Rip-Off

Even given the low bar set by America's bogus conversations about race, the short-lived Harry Reid fracas was a most peculiar nonevent. For all the hyperventilation in cable news land, this supposed racial brawl didn't seem to generate any controversy whatsoever in what is known as the real world.

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